Great Lakes restoration must go on

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 12, 2018)-The Trump Administration today released its proposed budget, which drastically cuts core Great Lakes programs as well as funding for the federal agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, charged with implementing them.

The Great Lakes program is the largest of the federal programs, receiving about $300 million a year since its 2010 launch.

Critics say that slashing the funding for Great Lakes restoration makes no sense after a decade of advances in slowing the spread of exotic species, improving fish and wildlife habitat, dredging and capping legacy toxic sediment and reducing urban and agricultural runoff.

President Trump pushed Monday to slash funding for the Great Lakes - repeating a move he made a year ago.

"The Trump Administration budget is a non-starter".

The House Great Lakes Task Force released a statement stating the bipartisan delegation is united in its support of the program, which they said has made much progress in cleaning up the lakes, but efforts must continue.

The Trump budget would cut Great Lakes funding by 90 percent - to just $30 million. "We look forward to working with Congress to put in place a bi-partisan infrastructure package that works for people, communities, businesses, and the Great Lakes".

The result was not fruitful of his first budget regarding regional water a year ago. It would kill all EPA spending on programs supporting other waters around the country.

"This amount is nowhere close to the amount necessary to fully restore and protect our Great Lakes, which serve as the primary fresh water source for the surrounding areas", Rep. Dave Joyce, R-Bainbridge Township, said of the president's $30 million proposal.